With about 353 million active users, Twitter is one of the biggest social media platforms. It is widely used by users to share their opinions and thoughts. Although it is a great platform for expression of view and having fun, Twitter gets annoying at times. Many times people or what we generally call them, trolls who just seek attention and your unwanted reaction to them, tags or mentions you in their tweets and spread hate or rubbish things about you. So, currently twitter is working on a new feature called ‘unmention’ and might be available soon publicly.
Till now, the only way to tackle these unwanted trolls was to report them and find their account and then block them. This is proven to be an irritating task as sometimes there are just too many of them. However, soon there will be a new feature that will allow you to unmention yourself directly from a tweet without indulging with the troll further.
Recently, privacy designer of Twitter, Dominic Camozzi revealed about the new ‘unmention’ feature through a tweet, “Sometimes you want to talk, and sometimes you just … don’t. Check out these early concepts that could help control unwanted attention on Twitter. Feedback, especially at this beginning stage, is invited (and wanted)! Unmention yourself. I want to make it easier to untag yourself from a Tweet or conversation you don’t want to be involved in. Just pick “Unmention yourself from this conversation” from the more info menu and the link to your profile will be removed.”
Simply put, the new feature will allow the user to go to the tweet options and select “untag yourself” if he doesn’t like that tweet he is mentioned in. Also, you can disable that user from mentioning you in tweets in the future also. It can be done for either a selected period or a lifetime. Reminder, preventing someone from mentioning you in their tweets will not result in blocking them or muting their tweets.
However, Twitter is still collecting feedback on this feature and there is no official release date for the “un-mention” feature yet.